23.9. Mountaineers from Htoo Foundation, Ko Ye Min Thu, Ko Sai Kyaw Wunna Soe, Ko Sai Kyaw Thu Htwe, U Namar Johnsin and U Unn Kaw who were trained specifically to conquer Mt. Everest, reached at Base Camp, 13,200 ft above sea level and they are making search and rescue tasks. Local tribe porters also went together with search and rescue tasks for supporting.
There is raining and so glooming with mist that makes poor visibility around Mt. Hkakabo Razi region.
Bearing so extremity bad weather, the search and rescue team members from Htoo Foundation are seeking Ko Wai Yan Min Thu and Ko Aung Myint Myat, two missing climbers with humanitarian spirit and wholehearted afford.
Htoo Foundation’s patron U Tay Za, ground extensive search and rescue team which is seeking two missing climbers, will arrive base camp which is 13200 ft above sea level on September 23.
Today, 20 Sept 2014, our Putao rescue team has been waiting for a favorable weather to fly to the basecamp with two of the B3 helicopters to perform a visual search for the 2 missing climbers at Mount Hkakabo.
They have been preparing to fly since 6:30 am this morning. They will be bringing with them 4 oxygen bottles and associated accessories, hiking gears. In order to gain high altitude they will be flying with the least weight combination possible.
One of the B3 will be flying up to 23,000 feet.
The following will be joining the flight in search of the missing.
Two Captains for the B3
Two Nepalease pilots
Two Rescue Climbers from America
Two Sherpas from Nepal
The path our Search & Rescue team is going to pass in search of the missing climbers.
Hkakabo Razi from a climber’s perspective.
The road travelled by the Hkakabo climbers. Our team will be using the same road in search of the missing. Below the log is the headwater of Mayka river called Adonwar.
To help search and rescue mission of two missing climbers, Htoo Foundation had contacted American rescue team which is led by Andy Tyson who ascended Mt. Galan Razi successfully and he arrived together with one of the rescue team member at Yangon today, on September 19, 9.00 sharp this morning.
US team Expectations and Requirements:
A) When US rescue team coordinator (Andy Tyson) arrives in Putao there will be a meeting with the Chairman (U Tay Za), Invitation of Nature and the families of the missing climbers as well as other rescue organizers to create a plan. US climbing team will not proceed past Putao without this meeting.
B) US technical rescue team requires a translator with solid English skills.
C) US rescue team reserves the right to withdraw from the operation at anytime. This will not effect transportation out of the mountains or other logistical arrangements.
D) US rescue team will evaluate the helicopter pilots. Each individual of the team has the right to refuse flights based on pilot skill, weather, equipment, or other reasons.
E) Body recovery may not be possible. In other words, rescue team cannot guarantee they will be able to get the body(s) down from the mountain due to weather, terrain, time, location, rescuer safety concerns, etc.
F) US rescue team will provide details and perspective on climbing rescue, expectations, safety and technique. Climbing team will follow their internal protocols and not be required or obligated to deviate from their internal protocols.
G) US rescue team will not be obliged to rescue other individuals that deviate from plans.
H) US rescue team will need appropriate time to acclimatize to climb above base camp.
I) US rescue team will hold regular briefings on situation, updates and plans.
J) US rescue team will require transportation, food and lodging throughout stay in Myanmar. Climbers will be flow by Helicopter out of the mountains regardless of outcome of the search.
K) US rescue team requires dedicated Thurya Satellite phone for duration of operation.
L) US rescue team will bring personal clothing, climbing and basic technical rescue equipment.
U Ann Kong the brother of U Nimar Johnsin. They are Myanmar Tibetans living in Ta Hawn Dum and have been to the Hkakabo many times. They are the toughest and best at climbing these mountains.
This is U Ann Kong’s 4th trip to Hkakabo first 2 trips were sending the climbers to Hkakabo and another 2 times to search for the missing up to 18,000 feet.
Today, he has gone up a 5th time following his brother U Nimar to look for the missing climbers. Continue reading “#MYANMAR #BURMA: #Rescue #Teams #US And #Nepal #Arrive To #Help #Searching For #Two #Missing #Climbers”
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